The evolution of the English language: from Chaucer to the twentieth century

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Contents

Chaos
1
The Firste Fyndere of Our Faire Langage
17
Chaucers Successors and the Aureate Language
38
Caxton and the Pr1nt1ng Press
56
Transit1on from M1ddle Engl1sh to Mod ern English
70
SixteenthCentury Rhetor1c
124
Shakespeare and Rhetoric
151
Shakespeare and the Language of H1s T1me
166
Johnsons D1ct1onary
351
E1ghteenthCentury Grammar1ans
377
Engl1sh Pur1sts and Scotch Rhetor1c1ans
400
The Art of Po1nting or Punctuation
417
Fix1ng the Pronunciation
428
Beginnings of Amer1can Engl1sh
460
Modern Spell1ng and Pronunciat1on
559
The Near Relations of English
577

Class1c1sm and the Schoolmaster
213
The Restorat1on Per1od
264
The Augustan Age
296
Index
583
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